The earliest stirrings that led to creation of The Episcopal Majority began among a group of current and retired Episcopal chaplains. Today the following letter was sent to that group by the Rev. David Fly (President, TEM).
The recent Communiqué issued by the primates in Dar es Salaam has put the House of Bishops under a deadline to respond to the primates’ demands by September 30. Unfortunately, aside from a number of other issues, the Communiqué represents a misreading of the polity of the Episcopal Church. There are a number of reasons to encourage our bishops to refuse to accept the September 30 deadline and to ultimately say “no” to demands of the Communique itself. These are of deep concern to us; I’m sure you will identify additional ones.
- The demand does not take into account our Constitution and Canons.
- The bishops should refuse to deal with the demands of the Communiqué until a Covenant is in place defining the limits of foreign intervention – especially the kind of intervention proposed by creation of the Pastoral Council.
- The bishops should make it clear that to accept the Communiqué at this time would usurp the process of the Covenant Design Group.
- The bishops should say “no” to any moratoriums on legal consecrations or clerical blessings carried out in this Church.
The Rev. David K. Fly
The Episcopal Majority